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Extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Oct. 2014.

Here's what the US bishops were most impressed with at the Synod

Nov 17, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Most bishops at the recent Synod on the Family agreed that the Church should minister to married couples long after... Read more

Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia in Rome Sept. 15, 2014.

Archbishop Chaput named as one of new members on synod council

Nov 14, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Saturday the names of the 15 cardinals and bishops chosen to prepare for the next synod were announced by... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.

Bishop Robert Barron to academics: debate Ross Douthat, don't dodge him

Oct 31, 2015

Bishop Robert Barron has weighed in amid a media controversy after the Synod on the Family, saying some academic critics... Read more

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas speaks with CNA, Feb. 13, 2015.

Strengthen marriage with truth and mercy, Venezuela's Cardinal Urosa tells synod

Oct 20, 2015

Both truth and mercy can be found in consistent Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas told... Read more

Pope Francis with Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 24, 2015.

Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Oct 19, 2015

In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over... Read more

For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

Oct 19, 2015

As controversy continues to swirl around proposals by the German bishops at the Synod on the Family, the German bishops... Read more

Inside the Synod Hall during the meeting of bishops and cardinals on Oct. 14, 2015.

What will the Synod’s final document look like?

Oct 16, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the second week of the synod draws to a close, it remains to be seen what the final product... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014.

At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

Oct 16, 2015

After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Cardinal Sarah says the Christian family counters both Islamic, Western extremism

Oct 14, 2015

Cardinal Robert Sarah has told the Synod of Bishops they should respond to the twin threats of Western and Islamic... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at a press conference held by German bishops at the Teutonic College in Rome, Oct. 5, 2015.

Read today's report from the German small group at the Synod

Oct 14, 2015

Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at a Mass of diaconal ordination said at St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 1, 2015.

Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Oct 13, 2015

Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to... Read more

Pope Francis together with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 19, 2014.

Synod letter leak was intended 'to sow strife', says Cardinal Müller

Oct 13, 2015

Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to... Read more

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan speaks with EWTN.

Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

Oct 13, 2015

In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish bishops' conference,... Read more

Man and woman.

Diverse synod groups united in concern over 'gender ideology'

Oct 12, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Despite the significant differences among the 13 small groups that are discussing the working document at the Synod on the... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising (L) speaks at a press conference held by German bishops at the Teutonic College, Oct. 5, 2015.

How the 'shadow council' is trying to influence the Synod on the Family

Oct 12, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When the first week's reports of the 13 small groups at the Synod on the Family were released on Friday,... Read more

Cardinal George Pell celebrates Mass at the St. Lorenzo Youth Centre in Rome, Jan. 30, 2015.

Cardinal Pell responds to reports of synod letter

Oct 12, 2015

The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks with CNA, Sept. 15, 2014.

Disunity in the Church is perilous, Archbishop Chaput cautions at synod

Oct 11, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke to the synod fathers on Saturday on the importance of precision in language, particularly... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles speaks at the North American College, May 2, 2015.

Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family, LA archbishop tells synod

Oct 10, 2015

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles addressed his fellow synod fathers on Saturday, encouraging the Church in sharing the beauty... Read more

Bishops exiting the Vatican's Paul VI Hall during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 9, 2015.

From the synod: Mercy is not an abandonment of Church teaching

Oct 10, 2015

By Elise Harris

Mercy has emerged as a major theme in the synod of bishops, as discussion has moved forward with many participants... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia greets Pope Francis at Independence Hall, Sept. 26, 2015.

Archbishop Chaput: We need more accurate translations of synod docs

Oct 7, 2015

The Synod of Bishops’ English-language translations are not always accurate and some synod fathers are worried about whether they will... Read more